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November 3, 2008
Baluchistan 362 (Bin Nasir 89, Sadaf 84, Tariq 50, Sohail Khan 4-66, Afridi 4-113) and 147 for 4 beat Sind 126 (Azharullah 4-32) and 380 (Afridi 81, Latif 78, Alam 68, Sarfraz 57, Hussain 5-83) by six wickets
Baluchistan, historically the weakest of Pakistan's provinces, quelled a spirited Sind side by six wickets to register their first win since the Pentangular was launched in its revamped format last year. It was a superb comeback after being thrashed by an innings-and-236-runs by North West Frontier Province in the first round.
Sind's batsmen fought back strongly on the third day but Baluchistan fast bowler Abdur Rauf took the two remaining wickets early to leave his side needing 145 for victory. Shoaib Khan jnr gave the chase a quick start with three boundaries before being bowled by Anwar Ali. Baluchistan were on course as they progressed to 96 for 2 before suffering a jolt, losing two wickets, including that of captain Misbah-ul-Haq, for one run.
Saeed Bin Nasir, who top scored in the first innings, ensured there were no further hiccups, blasting three sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 44 to seal the win.
Federal Areas 213 (Naved Ashraf 55, Imran Ali 4-64) and 238 for 6 (Amin 76*, Talha 4-96) beat Punjab 306 (Butt 155) and 144 (Shoaib 4-14, Tanvir 3-27, Ifthikar 3-41) by four wickets
Nineteen-year-old Umar Amin made a patient 76 to guide Federal Areas to a four-wicket victory over Punjab. The match was in the balance after the third day; Punjab needing six wickets and Federal Areas 111 runs.
The injury to the experienced Bazid Khan and the long Federal Areas tail increased the pressure on Amin: an early wicket would have swung the momentum towards Punjab. However, Amin and Yasir Arafat put on 74 for the fifth wicket to put their side on top. No. 7 Sohail Tanvir smashed a four and a six to take Federal Areas to the brink of victory before falling to fast bowler Wahab Riaz. Jamal Anwar, who had an excellent game behind the stumps, was with Amin when the winning runs were scored.
Federal Areas picked up only six points, three less than Baluchistan, because Punjab took the first-innings lead against them.
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